Early Childhood Council of Larimer County
Job Title: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Reports To: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant Manager
Job Location: Fort Collins, CO (Remote work options available)
Work Schedule: Full-time; hourly (40 hours/week). May require occasional
evening and/or weekend hours.
Salary Range: $41,600-$73,500 Annually; depending on qualifications and licensure
Exemption Status: Exempt
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to [email protected], and include job title in subject line. Applications submitted via Indeed or LinkedIn will NOT be considered. Deadline to apply is August 12, 2022.
Overview of ECCLC:
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) is an independent nonprofit organization that rallies support, resources, and awareness to ensure every young child in our community has quality early childhood experiences so they thrive from day one.
At Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC), we are a close-knit team of professionals who value passion, innovation, adaptability and a sense of humor. The primary focus of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (ECMHC) is to create nurturing environments that advance social-emotional and behavioral health outcomes among children, families, and early childhood professionals. This position works across a broad range of early care and education (ECE) settings to promote wellness in young children by increasing the capacity of adult caregivers to support children’s developmental needs. The ECMHC program broadly seeks to increase child and caregiver resilience, while reducing challenging behaviors (including those that lead to suspensions and expulsions) by utilizing evidence-based best practices; providing early identification of behavioral concerns; and making referrals to appropriate community services. In addition, ECMHCs may also provide critical ancillary activities including, parent education, consultation to other early childhood serving systems (home visiting, child welfare teams, etc.), and community training on topics related to social-emotional development and well‐being of young children.
- Utilize a relationship-based model to coordinate and deliver regular onsite consultative services to ECE programs, providing guidance to professionals and caregivers to effectively understand and support children’s positive behavior and development.
- Promote high quality interactions and relationships between children and their peers and teaching teams as well as administration and teachers.
- Create a shared understanding of the effects of trauma and adversity, including oppression, prejudice, discrimination, racism, and gender inequity on the developing brain.
- Support the mental health and well-being of adults who care for children.
- Connect and refer children, families, and providers to programs, resources, and supports that will foster their development while addressing barriers to access.
- Build relationships with other early childhood serving systems within the community.
- Assist with facilitating an evidence-based training curriculum, such as Circle of Security and/or other community trainings as needed.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices in the ECMH field.
- Adhere to the ECMHC model requirements, as outlined by the DEC:
- Commit to 15 hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
- Timely, accurate and complete data entry.
- Participate in all required meetings, training and conferences as appropriate.
- Participate in reflective supervision with a Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health (CoAIMH) endorsed reflective supervisor at a minimum of one 60 minute session per month
- Complete Infant or Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement through CoAIMH.
- Participate as an active member of a fast-paced team and evolving organization, including the development and implementation of strategic plan goals, program evaluation, and ongoing communication to meet program and fundraising objectives.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE IN THIS ROLE?
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County strives to deliver quality, responsive work to our community to ensure that all young children in Larimer County can thrive from day one. In order to ensure that we are a consistently high quality organization, we rely on our team members to embody our organization’s five core values in all that you do.
- Collaboration: Employee consistently and proactively collaborates with both internal and external partners, and with individuals and organizations who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Employee demonstrates respectful behavior towards others, regardless of their background.
- Recognition: Employee regularly offers recognition for others, and seeks out feedback and opportunities for growth. Employee works hard to ensure that ECCLC is recognized as a strong and respected partner in the community. Employee takes initiative to understand and recognize how bias, both implicit and explicit, shows up in their work and throughout the early childhood system.
- Accountability: Employee demonstrates ownership of their work, accountability to partners and peers, embodies a solution-focused attitude, and connects their work to the mission, vision and goals of the ECCLC. Employee understands that work to advance their own DEI competency is never complete and is committed to being a lifelong learner.
- Excellence: Employee models integrity, takes risks, learns from mistakes and strives to deliver undeniably good work in all aspects of their role. Employee models work/life balance, and sets appropriate boundaries to ensure success. Employee welcomes opportunities to learn from mistakes and strives to hold themself accountable when it comes to advancing their own DEI competency.
- Joy: Employee proactively seeks ways to find satisfaction and purpose in their day-to-day work, and creates space for fun and celebration with both internal and external partners.
Education and Work Experience Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in a license-eligible mental health field such as social work, counseling or related field with clinical experience. *Please note, this position is not appropriate for someone currently in the process of licensure.
- Demonstrated knowledge, understanding, and expertise of child development, early childhood mental health, early childhood social/emotional screening and assessment tools, prevention and intervention techniques, and local resources.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in relationship-based professional development, technical assistance practices, and adult learning methods.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with diverse and culturally unique populations.
- Proficient in use of Google Workspace, Zoom, Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and other computer functions.
- Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communication including correspondence, reports, reflective supervision, etc.
- Proven ability to work independently, manage time, complete assignments, and meet deadlines in a shared office space and out of the office or via tele-commuting.
- Ability to adapt and be flexible in a constantly changing environment that adjusts to meet organizational and community needs.
- Demonstrated experience working as a member of a team.
- Ability to drive throughout the region when needed in a reliable personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement available).
- Valid CO Driver’s License and Vehicle Insurance.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. *Please note, this position is not appropriate for someone currently in the process of licensure.
- Have received the following trainings/certifications:
- Climate of Healthy Interactions for Learning & Development (CHILD) Assessment
- Devereux Early Childhood Assessment-Clinical (DECA-C) Assessment
- DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood Training
- Infant Mental Health Endorsement through COAIMH
- Be endorsed, working towards endorsement or have a plan in place to begin the process to achieve the Endorsement for Culturally-Sensitive, Relationship Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® and/or Early Childhood Mental Health®, which is issued through the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health (COAIMH).
Note: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes they have the skills and the drive necessary to succeed here to apply for this role.
ECCLC offers a comprehensive benefits package, including PTO, paid holidays, health, vision and dental, and retirement benefits. For more information on our benefits package, click here.
ECCLC enhances diversity through inclusion of individuals reflective of characteristics including, and not limited to, race, ethnicity, age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, geographic background, marital status, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status. Discrimination based on physical traits that are associated with a person’s race or ethnicity, including hair texture, type, style and headwear is prohibited in the State of Colorado by the Crown Act of 2020.
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